The Smallest Minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. - Ayn Rand
I've been waiting for YEARS to be a QotD here. I can die happy now. :)
You did get an honorable mention once! ;)
And now SayUncle has quoted you, too!
Adam and Eve...
A very good way for statists to imagine government is to envision every law they want imposed on us, and then envision Cheny/BushHitler/McHalliburton imposing those laws on them.
Unfortunately that requires a level of intellectual honesty that seems to be missing.
Well done, Sarah. That statement was a bullseye.
Personally I'm impressed by the mere existence of a site that tends toward well thought out, well stated positions in its QotD's, around half of which are from the comment threads.
It's reminiscent of times I've been in competition as an actor or a musician. "Losing" doesn't really hurt if the "winners" are people you're proud to "lose" to, especially if you know you made them work hard for their "victory".
Yup. I have some damned fine readers, and I couldn't be prouder of that fact.
The quality of the readership has a lot to do with the quality of the host.
Nice illustration of Hobbsian philosophy ... but you are missing the one that our founding fathers followed: Locke.
The philosophy that assumes most people are basically good, therefore we should have only as little government as is needed to deal with the tiny minority of people who choose evil.
They rejected the Hobbsian notion for good reason ... the europeans have embraced Hobbes as their new god.
Do Not Want.
I disagree. They've embraced Marx. The think they can create "the New Soviet Man" and make it work.
The Hobbes-Locke divide pre-dates Marxism.
However, Marxists are just fine with hobbesian notions of individuals being inherently untrustworthy.